As a leading pest control company in our region, you may be surprised to hear us tell you that not all insects are harmful. Quite the opposite, actually! Various insects are excellent to have live in your backyard or garden. While you may not want them in your home, these helpful bugs won’t hurt you if they manage to wander in. So, the next time you see one of the following, simply trap it and release it outside.
Insects You Want Around Your Home
Lady Bugs (aka Ladybird Beetle)
Hardly anyone fears these cute little bugs, and they are even considered good luck in some cultures! Plus, they will eat aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, and more unwanted smaller bugs.
Honey bees are a critical component of our ecosystem and are always welcome in a garden. While they can sting you (and some people are allergic), they are nothing like their mean cousins: wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets. All they want to do is eat and pollinate, so simply leave them be and inform your children to stay away.
Butterflies are beautiful, but they are also excellent to see around your home. Not only do they add a gorgeous splash of color to the garden, but they also pollinate and eat other insects.
While kind of creepy looking, the Big-Eyed bug is a little tank that loves caterpillars and aphids. If you see him trotting past, he is likely in pursuit of his next meal and won’t care about what you are doing.
These colorful insects are also excellent to see zooming around your home as they love munching on other flying pests, especially mosquitos.
Praying Mantis’s can look spooky, especially since they can grow up to six inches long. Luckily, they are friends, not foes, and many gardeners actually buy them to populate their gardens as they love to eat other insects.
While syrphid flies can be annoying, their young are worth it. Mama syrphids strategically lay their eggs in aphid colonies so their young have plenty to eat, which is beneficial to both them and you.
These fascinating insects are little powerhouses when young. While the adults primarily eat pollen, the babies love aphids, spider mites, thrips, and other nasty bugs for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time.
Rough Stink Bug
While they are often mistaken for a rock, these foul-smelling bugs are a bonus to have in your backyard as they love to eat aphids, beetles, and caterpillars.
Reliable Pest Control
Our world is a balanced ecosystem featuring both good and bad insects. Today, you got to learn a little more about your friends in the garden. However, if you are facing an insect problem with not-so-helpful insects, we highly recommend that you contact your local pest control right away. Pest problems have a way of snowballing out of control, so it is always a good idea to act quickly if you notice a problem.